Shopping with Dragons - Episode 96

July 11, 2017
00:0000:00

News Chat

  • Midsummer Fire Festival is going on! If you haven’t logged in, you have more reason to grind out your quests than ever before. Double gold on all quests. No strings. How great is that! And it’ll last one more week, I believe.
    • Also if you played last week’s brawl, you have some fun fireworks for your Wow emote and a Midsummer Fire Festival greeting!
    • Fun to see them do things like this.
  • Knights of the Frozen Throne!!! - New expansion has been announced and is, as predicted, all about the Lich King and his cronies with a twist: What if everyone was dead??
    • Deathstalker Rexxar (6 mana) - Adds 5 armor to your hero, Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions

      • You will discover twice from 3 random beasts. Your two choices will be combined - mana cost, attack, health, and effects - and be added as 1 horrific additional minion to your hand
      • Dream scenarios??
        • Bittertide Hydra + Stranglethorn Tiger
        • Charged Devilsaur (or King Krush) + Angry Chicken
        • Jungle Panther + Dispatch Kodo
      • New hero power: Build-a-Beast - 2 mana - Craft a custom Zombeast
    • They did confirm that alternate heroes will still transform into whomever the card is for (ie. Alleria will be Deathstalker Rexxar, not her own Death Knight version) :’(
    • Spirit Lash: common Priest spell. 2 mana, Lifesteal, Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions
    • Chillblade Champion: common Paladin minion. 4 mana, 3 attack, 2 health, Charge, Lifesteal
    • The premise is around everyone becoming a death knight, so with that, there’s a new card type: Hero cards! Similar to Quests, this is another legendary for each class that will come with the next expansion. And they function similarly to Lord Jaraxxus when he’s played. They will replace your hero portrait, hero power, and do some other helpful things.
    • New mechanic: Lifesteal! We’ve seen this before in cards like Mistress of Pain and Wickerflame Burnbristle, but now it will be just a single word on the card. Whatever amount of damage is done is also restored to your hero.
  • Also, MISSIONS! You’ll fight your way to the top of Icecrown Citadel against many bosses you remember from that part of WoW. Best part is that these missions are completely free to everyone!
    • There are 3 wings, followed by a fight against the Lich King
    • You’ll earn 1 pack for each wing completed
    • There will also be a prologue mission that rewards you a legendary card (some report it will be a random hero card!)
  • Preorder is available now: $49.99 in US for 50 packs and a icy cardback
  • Andrew noticed… 4 mana 5/1 Warlock minion.. Aaaaand Shark Bear.

 

Topic

Deck battle!

 

What are Deck Battles?

  • We do these Deck battle episodes once a month.
  • Guest hosts bring on their favorite deck onto the show, and break it down for you.
    • What cards, how it works, and why they like playing it.
  • Best of 3 battle against me, live on the show.
  • Twist: I always use the current Reigning Champion Deck of the show
    • The last deck a guest host brought onto this show and won with.

 

The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!

  • Decks that have beaten 3 challengers in a row!
  • Dan Patriss' Beastmaster Hunter Deck (Mar 2014)
  • My Very Own Warlock Demon Zoo Deck (Mar 2016)
  • Craig's Dragon Priest (Sep 2016)

 

Defending Champion Deck

  • Ben’s Super Heavy Naga Druid
  • Episode 89
  • Copy this code to build the deck in Hearthstone: AAEBAZICCiT2AqIJhRDoFewVlBeprQLPsQLguwIKQF/EBuQI6xHeFr6uAsu8Aqm9At7EAgA=

 

Full Guide

1x Smuggler's Run - A nice turn one buff or a nice way to round out your mana on a later turn.

1x Dirty Rat - A tech card that helps with quest rogue or exodia mage. Also a strong early game taunt against aggro decks.

1x Equality - A combo card to clear the board with your Primordial Drake.

2x Faerie Dragon - A dragon activator for Historian or Book Wyrm. A strong early game card against mage or rogue.

2x Grimestreet Outfitter - This card also helps you round out your mana on later turns and give those minions in your hand a quick buff before playing them.

2x Hydrologist - Discovering a paladin secret can do wonders for you in the late game. Picking a getaway kodo will allow you to bounce all those value cards back and use them again.

2x Netherspite Historian - Discover a dragon. Use this to pick up those end game minions and seal the game.

2x Aldor Peacekeeper - All around a great card for Paladin. Can combo with Book Wyrm on turn 9 for instant removal and board development.

2x Stonehill Defender - You always need 2 of these the taunt minions in Paladin are just too strong. Having 2 or 3 Tirion Fordring’s will almost always win you the game.

1x Wickerflame Burnbristle - Works great with the buff mechanic as he will heal more the more damage he deals. Also a strong card to absorb removal early so late game cards will stick longer.

2x Truesilver Champion - Best Paladin weapon hands down. Use this to gain back tempo and clear some of those midgame minions.

1x Twilight Drake - A 4 mana slot dragon. Not 100% needed in the deck but with the lack of 4 mana cards an extra dragon is nice to have.

2x Grimestreet Enforcer - Another buff card as well as a great tool to absorb more removal because if he stays on the board the opponent is going to regret it.

2x Book Wyrm - Great for dealing with taunt warriors since most of their minions have low attack. As well as a combo card with Aldor.

2x Ivory Knight - Your sustain. This card will not only heal you but give you some options of paladin spells that you are missing in this deck.

1x The Black Knight - A tech card that I love to have but can easily be swapped out for something else depending on what you are running into on ladder. Ex. Harrison Jones or Hungry Crab

1x Lay on Hands - Late game card draw and a nice heal. Can be swapped out if but I find the healing very good to have in a pinch.

2x Primordial Drake - Your only AoE as well as another activator for your dragon cards.

1x Tirion Fordring - Because it’s Tirion fricken Fordring!

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The Challenger's Deck

The Theme

 

  • Shopping with Dragons

 

How It Wins

  • Getting a ton of value off discover cards and buffing minions to force trades with strong taunts.

 

The Key Cards

  • Stonehill Defender, Netherspite Historian, Murloc Hydrologist

 

The Duel

 

  • Reminder of the defending deck
  • Trash talk

 

  • Best of 3 series
    • Watch on MMOReporter.com
  • We'll be right back.

 

The Aftermath

  • Who won
  • How close was it?
  • What were important moments?
    • Deathwing in the first game
    • Ragnaros in the second game
  • What went wrong/right for the challenger deck?
  • Was this a good representation of the challenger deck's strengths?
  • Congratulate the winner

Community

Question

No questions :’(

 

iTunes Review

5 stars from Odium_Infinitus
The best Hearthstone podcast
I started listening to this podcast during the Hearthstone Beta. Josh was so nice to listen to. He was friendly and positive about having fun with the game. I took a break from Hearthstone but when I came back the first thing I did was download this podcast. While not as hardcore as other Hearthstone podcasts this one is my favorite. The guests are great and Andrew has done a wonderful job in taking over from Josh.

Card of the Week

Wickerflame Burnbristle

Guest Plugs

  • Icedgecko#1977 on Battle.net

Ben’s Super Heavy Naga Druid - Episode 89

March 21, 2017
00:0000:00

News Chat

  • Un’Goro is in full affect! Be on the lookout for all the details as we get closer to Mid-April.

    • March 23-26
    • More cards are coming… Still unsure about exact timeframe, but they mentioned on stream there could be new cards each day, and definitely cards coming at HCT
    • Possibly more streams
    • Definitely more cards
  • New cards
    • Nether Portal - 5 mana - Open a permanent portal that summons 3/2 Imps - (Token says: At the end of your turn, summon 2 3/2 imps) (Token is untargetable with no way of removing it)
    • Sherazin, Seed - When you play 4 cards in a turn, revive this minion (token is not targetable)
    • Lakarri Sacrifice - 1 mana Warlock Legendary Quest Spell - Quest: Discard 6 cards, Reward: Nether Portal
    • Sherazin, Corpse Flower - 4 mana legendary Rogue minion - 5/3 Deathrattle: Go dormant. Play 4 cards in a turn to revive this minion.

Topic

Deck battle!

 

What are Deck Battles?

  • We do these Deck battle episodes once a month.
  • Guest hosts bring on their favorite deck onto the show, and break it down for you.
    • What cards, how it works, and why they like playing it.
  • Best of 3 battle against me, live on the show.
  • Twist: I always use the current Reigning Champion Deck of the show
    • The last deck a guest host brought onto this show and won with.

 

The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!

  • Decks that have beaten 3 challengers in a row!
  • Dan Patriss' Beastmaster Hunter Deck (Mar 2014)
  • My Very Own Warlock Demon Zoo Deck (Mar 2016)
  • Craig's Dragon Priest (Sep 2016)

 

Defending Champion Deck

  • Zerotio’s Weird Reno Mage
  • Episode 86
  • Has 1 out of 3 wins to get in the Hall of Fame

 

The Challenger's Deck

The Theme

    • Naga Sea Witch - The most underrated card in hearthstone
    • Started with the question - If you could play any 2 cards in hearthstone on the same turn, which would you choose?
    • Answer- GO ABSOLUTELY HAM

 

  • Theme - Go nuts with legendaries

 

 

How It Wins

    • Cheating out insane amounts of value by some sick card combos. Huge Threats on top of Huge Threats

 

  • Best win condition comes from being able to add +10/+10 to a minion already on board for lethal

 

 

The Key Cards

  • Naga Sea Witch
  • Aviana
  • Kun
  • Arch-Thief Rafaam
  • Fight promoter

 

The Duel

 

  • Reminder of the defending deck
  • Trash talk

 

  • Best of 3 series
  • We'll be right back.

 

The Aftermath

  • Who won
  • How close was it?
  • What were important moments?
  • What went wrong/right for the challenger deck?
  • Was this a good representation of the challenger deck's strengths?
  • Congratulate the winner

Community

The Dust Bowl

 

  • Andrew

 

    • Card to keep - Rat Pack
    • Card to dust - Hidden Cache
  • Ben
    • Card to keep - Counterfeit coin
    • Card to dust - Streetwise investigator

 

Question

None this week. Send yours in to thehappyhearthstone@gmail.com

 

iTunes Review

None this week.

Card of the Week

Elise the Trailblazer

Zerotio’s Weird Reno Mage Deck Battle - Episode 86

February 9, 2017
00:0000:00

News Chat

  • Lots of talk about the meta, balance, and a TON of feedback from Ben Brode and the Hearthstone Design Team

 

  • Biggest complaints are: Aggro and Shaman

    • Aggro: Feels bad to lose game after game without really having a chance if your opponent draws correctly and you don’t
    • Shaman: This class has been powerful and diversified (multiple strong ways to play it) for quite a while now.
  • Big Brode Bullet Points
    • Worst diversification in HS was Undertaker Hunter, being played 35% of all games
    • 17% of all games have Shaman in it (30% at legend)
    • Highest winrate of any deck was Undertaker Hunter at 60%
    • Current winrate of Aggro Shaman is 53%
  • What do you do with all this?
    • Let data inform your feelings
    • If you’re sick of Aggro Shaman, play Control Warrior/Shaman
    • Use a tracker! (So far this month, I’ve played 47 games. 4 of those were Aggro Shaman (9%), 10 were Pirate Warrior (21%))

 

Topic

Deck battle!

 

What are Deck Battles?

  • We do these Deck battle episodes once a month.
  • Guest hosts bring on their favorite deck onto the show, and break it down for you.
    • What cards, how it works, and why they like playing it.
  • Best of 3 battle against me, live on the show.
  • Twist: I always use the current Reigning Champion Deck of the show
    • The last deck a guest host brought onto this show and won with.

 

The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!

  • Decks that have beaten 3 challengers in a row!
  • Dan Patriss' Beastmaster Hunter Deck (Mar 2014)
  • My Very Own Warlock Demon Zoo Deck (Mar 2016)
  • Craig's Dragon Priest (Sep 2016)

 

Defending Champion Deck

  • Jarret: Future-Proof Tempo Mage
  • December 2016
  • Episode 83 

The Challenger's Deck

The Theme

  • Reno Mage, with an unexpected win condition

 

How It Wins

  • Stall the game and setup Reno/Ice Block Combo and be ready for your “swing turn”

 

The Key Cards

  • Reno Jackson & Ice Block + “Secret Weapon”

 

The Duel

 

  • Reminder of the defending deck
  • Trash talk

 

  • Best of 3 series
  • We'll be right back.

 

The Aftermath

  • Who won
  • How close was it?
  • What were important moments?
  • What went wrong/right for the challenger deck?
  • Was this a good representation of the challenger deck's strengths?
  • Congratulate the winner

Community

Question

Jarret (from ep 83): Now that Mean Streets is out, what card where you "meh" about that you now love? For me it's Jade Swarmer. I didn't think about it's potential in N'Zoth Rogue; it's basically a more efficient and on-curve Twilight Summoner.

iTunes Review

That’s Incredible - 5 Stars - thegaryscott
Love this podcast. Listen every week.

Card of the Week

Molten Giant….. No… Seriously!

Guest Plugs

  • Twitter: @ZerotioHS
  • Twitch: Twitch.tv/ZerotioHS
  • Hero Power: HeroPowerHS.com

Darkflight Warrior Deck Brawl - Episode 85

January 20, 2017
00:0000:00

Hello!

  • Andrew is the host this week!
  • Topic: Deck Battle!
  • Reasons to be happy this week
  • News: Developer Stream

What is a Deck Battle?

Once a month, a guest host brings their favorite deck onto the show to battle the current reigning champion deck for control of the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Throne!

If the challenger wins the best-of-3 series, their deck becomes the new Reigning Champion Deck and will fight off future challengers until it loses, or until it’s earned its place in the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!

View the Deck Battle Archive + The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame

Defending Deck: Jarret’s Futurist Tempo Mage Deck keeps the punches rolling swiftly, and avoids cards that’ll cycle out of Standard next year.
Challenger Deck: Josh’s Darklfight Warrior Deck, Greedy Priest deck, and the very first Warlock deck he ever brought onto the show.

Darkflight C'Thun

The Darkflight Deck

Creatures

  • 2x Alexstrasza’s Champion: This card is the single reason why I’ve been making Dragon decks for two years. Insanely good.
  • 1x Netherspite Historian: This was love at first sight for me, and it’s only grown as I play with it. Slow, but always good.
  • 1x Beckoner of Evil: I only use C’thun cards guaranteed to hit +2 stats, because getting C’thun to 10 will make or break this deck.
  • 2x Blackwing Technician: Solid stats for early trades.
  • 1x Brann Bronzebeard: Every combo in this deck is huge. C’thun buffs for instant 10/10, +10 more armor on Shieldbearers, or double Discover dragons. <3
  • 2x Disciple of Cthun: Superstar for surviving the early game. Always keep in starting hand.
  • 2x Cthun’s Chosen: Not ideal, but the best +2/+2 cthun option left.
  • 2x Twilight Guardian: Gotta build that taunt wall!
  • 2x Azure Drake: All decks. All the time.
  • 2x Blackwing Corruptor: WTB Drakonid Operative, but this is a great 5-drop too.
  • 1x Sylvanas Windrunner: Just here for value and to draw out removal before the big guns drop.
  • 2x Ancient Shieldbearer: Your success is pretty closely tied to your ability to draw and proc this effect. Combo with Brann for immortality.
  • 1x Twin Emperor Vek’lor: Stall, stall, stall!
  • 1x Doomcaller: Sometimes you’ll have to use this as a desperate buff to hit the 10/10 stats, but you want to save it for the resurrect.
  • 1x Nefarian: Value. All these top-end dragons are basically interchangeable. Just use what you have or prefer.
  • 1x Ysera: Value.
  • 1x C’thun: He’s not the game-winner in this deck. He’s just another big threat at the top-end. They can’t remove all of them.

Spells

  • 1x Execute: Only run one copy after the nerf, but is plenty useful late and early, especially with little chippers like Netherspite Historian.
  • 2x Slam: Always good. Don’t be afraid to use as only removal early against aggro.

Weapons

Substitutes

In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality back-ups and alterations you can use, which all keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.

  • Beckoner of Evil: I bounce between Beckoner and Evil and Netherspite Historian, based on which side I’m having trouble proccing, Cthun or dragons.
  • Netherspite Historian: Same.
  • Brawl: This should be in the deck, but I’m crazy.
  • Blood to Ichor: Equivalent to Slam, choose whichever you prefer.
  • Chillmaw: All the top end dragons are hot-swappable. Just use the ones you have/like.
  • Chromaggus: Same.
  • Alexstrasza: Same.
  • Shield Block: This is a great card in the deck and should probably be in it. I cut it after having a tough time getting both Cthun and dragons to proc.

The Duel

 

Community

  • Questions: Memoriiiiiiiies
  • iTunes Reviews

Card of the Week

Mass Dispel Hearthstone

Farewell

Future-Proof Tempo Mage Deck - Episode 83

December 1, 2016
00:0000:00

Hello!

  • Jarret is the guest this weeek!
  • Topic: Deck Battle!
  • Reasons to be happy this week

What is a Deck Battle?

Once a month, a guest host brings their favorite deck onto the show to battle the current reigning champion deck for control of the Happy Hearthstone Deck Battle Throne!

If the challenger wins the best-of-3 series, their deck becomes the new Reigning Champion Deck and will fight off future challengers until it loses, or until it’s earned its place in the Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame!

View the Deck Battle Archive + The Happy Hearthstone Hall of Fame

Defending Deck: Jarret’s Futurist Tempo Mage Deck keeps the punches rolling swiftly, and avoids cards that’ll cycle out of Standard next year.
Challenger Deck: Dan Patriss’ Beastmaster HunterAndrew Brown’s Warlock Demon ZooCraig’s Dragon Priest

Hearthstone Tempo Board

Futurist Tempo Mage

Creatures

  • 2x Babbling Book: Don’t underestimate this 1/1. His Battlecry fuels your deck and adds unpredictability.
  • 2x Mana Wyrm: Probably the best class 1-drop in the Classic or Basic set. With its 3 health, this minion can get out of control and even become a win condition.
  • 1x Bloodmage Thalnos: Deceptively powerful, Thalnos gives you cycle, spell damage, and a token: incredible value for 2 mana.
  • 2x Cult Sorcerer: Because Mage has burst, C’Thun was never relevant in the class, but a 3/2 body with spell damage is perfect.
  • 2x Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Anything that makes cards cheaper is good. She allows Tempo Mage to maintain the board, race aggro, or finish off control decks.
  • 1x Barnes: Barnes is all about tempo. The dream is pulling Ragnaros, but most of the other minions in this deck have some utility and demand attention from your opponent.
  • 2x Water Elemental: Water Elemental may seem like a control card, but its massive 6 health and text allows Tempo Mage to own the board or slow down weapon classes.
  • 2x Azure Drake: Azure Drake is the first card I craft on free-to-play accounts. Tempo decks need card draw, and Azure Drake provides the bonus of spell damage and a decent body for 5 mana.
  • 1x Archmage Antonidas: I usually think Antonidas is too slow for a tempo deck, but he can win games against control decks and transform useless spells that may come from Babbling Books and Cabalist’s Tome. If Mean Streets slows down the meta, this Legendary will become Tempo Mage’s win condition.
  • 1x Ragnaros the Firelord: I don’t need to explain why this card is good, so I’ll complain about the lack of a comma.

Spells

  • 1x Mirror Image: This spell is useful for protecting Antonidas or other minions, especially against weapon classes and midrange decks.
  • 2x Arcane Explosion: If Shaman and Zoo continue to rule, expect Arcane Explosion to be in most Tempo Mage decks.
  • 2x Frostbolt: Mage’s most useful spell. Frostbolt can win the board for you or essentially “Sap” a big minion. Its 2 mana cost allows it to easily be combined with spell damage minions or Fireballs to finish off an enemy.
  • 2x Arcane Intellect: As Flamewaker moves into wild and after the Yogg nerf, this card’s utility is somewhat decreased. However, you still need the ability to refill your hand when you run out of gas against slower decks.
  • 2x Fireball: In some matchups, Fireballs are your win condition. Combine them with spell damage, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Arcane Missiles, and Frostbolt for up to 24 damage. In a pinch, they can also protect you from many of the game’s most powerful minions.
  • 2x Polymorph: Malygos, Savannah Highmane, Ragnaros, Tirion, Sylvanas, Edwin, and Grommash all want to ruin your day. To them, we say “Baaa.”
  • 1x Cabalist’s Tome: Like Arcane Intellect, Cabalist’s Tome is not as good if you’re not playing Yogg, Flamewaker, or Arcane Giants. On the other hand, refueling with cards that are good on average, especially later in the game, can help you pull out a win.
  • 2x Flamestrike: Midrange Shaman and Hunter, and Zoolock are likely to continue to be popular in 2017. Flamestrike will win games against these decks.

Substitutes

In case you don’t have some of the ideal cards, here are some quality back-ups and alterations you can use, which all keep with the same theme and strengths of the deck.

  • Kabal Courier: You lose a little tempo with a 2/2 minion for 3 mana, but the ability to pick the right card for the situation may make up for it. If this card was Mage-only, it would be an auto include.
  • Counterspell: If played perfectly, this Secret can win games against Hunter, Freeze Mage, Priest, etc. However, 3 mana for an unpredictable effect doesn’t make the cut.
  • Firelands Portal: A card that can flip the board is always useful. 5 damage for 7 mana isn’t ideal, but Firelands Portal is a good alternative to the 1-mana spells when the meta is slower.
  • Medivh, the Guardian: Medivh is a valid alternative to Antonidas. If the meta is faster, and you’re not running Barnes, he’s probably better.
  • Arcane Giant: I didn’t include Arcane Giants in this deck for multiple reasons: I expect the card to be nerfed during rotation, a vanilla 8/8 isn’t as good in Mage as most other classes, and Giants (like the other minions in my sideboard) have bad synergy with Barnes. However, if the meta leans towards midrange or control, 2 of these could become a win condition.
  • Arcane Missiles: 3 random damage isn’t as good without Flamewaker, but if flood decks and tokens continue to be common, this card is useful, especially combined with spell damage.
  • Harrison Jones: Expect Spirit Claws, Fiery War Axe, and Eaglehorn Bow to remain popular in 2017. And with weapon buffing being more common in Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, weapon destruction will be even more valuable.
  • Yogg-Saron, Hope’s End: Post-nerf Yogg isn’t nearly as powerful, but it can still be a potential comeback card, or at least make losing less agonizing.
  • Kabal Chemist: Kabal Chemist could be good for Tempo Mage, but too many of the potions may not be useful enough for this type of deck.

The Duel

Community

  • Questions: Most-Anticipated card of Mean Streets?
  • iTunes Reviews
  • Donations (More info)

Card of the Week

This is a FAKE card designed by Josh. It is NOT real. You can find more of my made-up cards on Twitter.
Josh’s card: Hearthstone Loaded Dice Jarret’s card: Hearthstone Shady Bar Patron

Extra Rogue Secrets:
Hearthstone Rogue Rogue Hearthstone Undercover Hearthstone Experimental Plague Hearthstone Corrupting Poison Hearthstone What Hes Having

Farewell